Foods for a WHITER Smile

We’ve all been told to avoid red wine, dark berries, and black coffee in the name of pearly whites — so what can you eat to brighten your smile?

STRAWBERRIES Don’t let the red color fool you. Malic acid, a chief component of strawberries, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. No matter how you eat ’em — in salads, desserts, cereal — you’ll be whitening your smile in the process.


The loud crunch you hear when you bite into this hard fruit may be annoying, but it's also good for your choppers. Apples' crispiness strengthens gums, and their high water content increases saliva production, dispersing and neutralizing colonies of bacteria that lead to bad breath and plaque.

SEEDS AND NUTS The abrasive texture of sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and cashews works to remove surface stains — kind of like an exfoliator for your teeth. Pop a few almonds for a mid-afternoon snack -- they're full of protein, healthy fats, and the crunch you need to get pearly whites.

CELERY AND CARROTS The same high water content that makes these veggies great for your waistline and your health also whitens your teeth by washing away food debris and strengthening gums.

BROCCOLI Unlike beets and cranberries, this crunchy vegetable doesn't stay stuck to teeth, so it won't unsightly surface stains. High-fiber, coarse foods act as scrubbing agents for teeth. Toss them on your salad for a quick, natural mid-day brush.

CHEESE Hard cheese, like the little blocks you get on those delicious appetizer trays, is full of calcium, which strengthens teeth and gums. Casein, a milk protein found in cheese, has been shown to reduce the loss of minerals from tooth enamel.

ORANGES The flesh of this sweet, delicious fruit helps neutralize the acid in your mouth that causes decay. We don't recommend gulping down bags of oranges in the spirit of a bright smile, but a juicy one every once in a while is good for your pearly whites, and thanks to loads of Vitamin C, your overall health too!

PEARS Munching on a pear can neutralize pesky odor-causing and staining bacteria colonies on teeth. increased saliva production brought on by this sweet, delicious fruit also washes away food debris, leaving teeth clean and sparkling.

MILK AND YOGURT The teeth superfood! Dairy products like yogurt and milk contain lactic acid and the enamel-fortifying mineral calcium, which not only whiten teeth, but strengthen them, too. Chow down on a high-protein Greek yogurt for a snack, or pair after-dinner cookies with a cold glass of milk to get that gleam. But be warned: Not all calcium-rich foods (like spinach with its dark, stain-causing pigmentation) have the same effect.


Shitake mushrooms can help stop bacteria from growing in your mouth and causing decay. Other bacteria busters include onions and basil.


Any foods that increase saliva production are also good for teeth whitening, as increased saliva washes away stains over time.

Are you surprised by any of these teeth whitening foods?! If you are looking to jump start the shine on your pearly whites, click here to make an appointment for an in-office teeth whitening today!


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